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Azure DevOps Podcast

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Apr 12, 2021

This week Jeffrey is speaking with Paul Yuknewicz! Paul is a Principal GPM on the Azure Dev Experience team and has had a rich, 20-year career with Microsoft. He first started out as a Program Manager in 2000; transitioned to a Lead Program Manager in 2005; became a Principal Program Manager Lead in 2010; a Principal Group Program Manager in 2015; and most recently, a Principal Group PM Manager in 2016.


As the lead product manager for Azure tools and diagnostics, Paul heads the PM team with a mission to provide the ultimate experience for developers building, testing, and diagnosing cloud-native apps. He contributes a number of products to the toolchain — including container tools for VS/Code, Kubernetes tools and scaffolds, tools for Azure Dev Spaces, ARM resource template tools, and much, much more!


In this conversation, Paul speaks about Azure development and the work he is doing in leading the Azure Dev Experience team. He also shares what the development pipeline looks like, the stages they go through before they move to production, how they go about managing test environments, and more.


Topics of Discussion:

[:38] Be sure to visit AzureDevOps.Show for past episodes and show notes.

[:50] About The Azure DevOps Podcast, Clear Measure, the new podcast Architect Tips, and Jeffrey’s offer to speak at virtual user groups.

[1:18] About today’s episode with Paul Yuknewicz.

[1:24] Jeffrey welcomes Paul to the podcast!

[1:35] Paul shares about his career background and two-decade-long journey within Microsoft.

[5:11] Paul speaks about the Azure Dev Experience team; what it is and what they do.

[6:46] For developing new applications, what is the most popular service (with the most adoption) versus the services that have less adoption now but more room for growth?

[11:24] Are there any products that Paul’s team directly ships and revs on?

[15:11] A word from Azure DevOps Podcast’s sponsor: Clear Measure.

[15:43] What does a deployment pipeline look like? How many stages does Paul’s team have before they actually move it to production? How do they go about managing test environments? What’s the process with Paul’s team?

[18:54] Visual Studio used to have a load testing product and now it doesn’t. What does Paul’s team use to generate the load for tests?

[22:14] Which Azure regions get bits faster? How does that work?

[23:54] How to follow up with the Azure Dev Experience team.

[26:00] Jeffrey thanks Paul for joining the podcast!


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Architect Tips — New video podcast!

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

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App Service | Microsoft Azure

SQL Server


Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Container Instances

GitHub Actions

Azure Event Grid


Visual Studio Code

Azure Application Change Analysis

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